Flip one of these samples and make 25

I am promoting and advertising this contest, so a lot of you reading this might not know who I am or what I do with curatedflame.com.

  • CuratedFlame aims to be a site that is known as a resource, a resource for rap fans looking for the next artist to listen 2 and in fact I was the first site to interview and write about rappers such as Icy Narco, GlokkNine, Hooligan Chase, and ILoveFriday, to name a few.
  • And a resource for the up and coming producers and rappers. I have interviewed over 125 hip hop producers and I have written many articles geared towards helping producers and rappers with their craft.

I am looking to take CuratedFlame to the next level and one of the things I want to do is release a beat tape. A beat tape that features multiple producers and features beats that are unique. So for the next several weeks I plan on hosting a few contests and this is the first one.
So here’s all the info:

How you enter

  1. For this week, choose 1, 2, or 3 samples.

 

2. Take the sample and flip it into a new beat that is at MINIMUM 2 minutes long.

3. Send me the Mp3 to abrabinent@gmail.com by Friday at Midnight, the producers with the best flip for each sample will be picked Sunday.

There are 3 samples available and hopefully there will be 3 winners but like I said, you can enter a beat flip for all of the samples if you want, and you could potentially earn the cash prize for each one.

What you win if beat is chosen

  • $25 (PayPal, Cashapp, or Amazon)
  • Free CuratedFlame Email Pack
  • Interview with CuratedFlame
  • Your beat featured on the curated flame beat tape.
  • 50% of any YouTube or Streaming earnings.

Read this if your debating on FL Studio 11 or 12 or if should you wait until FL Studio 20

Maybe you already decided you want to buy Fl Studio but you are not sure if you should get FL Studio 11, FL Studio 12 , or wait until they release the new version “Fl Studio 20” that is supposedly on its way in 2018. Or maybe you have Fl Studio 11 or 12 and you want to upgrade to the next version. This post is for you then!

I would just like to add my two cents of information I have learned after interviewing 60+ successful producers and counting.

Here is what I have found out, the majority of beat makers might be using Fl Studio but they aren’t all using the same version. The main reason being that learning changes can be time consuming for a producer to switch to a newer version which can cut down on creative time making product. Another reason is that sometimes the newer version isn’t that different or doesn’t have any update that you particularly need.

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The first version of FL Studio 11 was released in April 2013, and then the first version of Fl Studio 12 was released in April 2015. It’s now January 2018, and at this point FL Studio 11 is over 4.5 years old and Fl Studio 12 is over 2.5 years old. In most cases software that is that old would be considered ancient, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for this one. A good amount of producers are still using Fl Studio 11 and have no plants to stop. In fact in the interview I just dropped today with Mazza the co producer of “Man’s Not Hot” and many other popular grime tracks, he states “If I know I can push the same standard of music on the version I’m use to why bother upgrading?” Then there are also other producers who only recently switched to Fl Studio 12 (see pics below) and for other producers Fl Studio 12 is the only version they know because they have been producing for less than 3 years.

So here’s what I say, if you have access to FL Studio 11 just use that. If you are using FL Studio 12 then keep perfecting your skills on there. But if you are debating on whether to wait until they eventually release Fl Studio 20, I wouldn’t wait, just get Fl Studio  11  or 12  today!

FL Studio VS Ableton & Logic Pro

First off let me tell you this right now, I am not a producer myself. But what I am is a writer and sometimes rapper, whose main project for the last 10 months is this very blog that you are reading this post on. If you aren’t familiar with this blog it is a hip hop/rap blog that tends to focus on hip hop production. It’s like any other blog that focuses on hip hop/rap but instead of having my main focus on rappers, I focus more on producers. I do this by highlighting lesser known producers with amazing beats and then also interviewing producers who are making a brand out of their name by racking up millions of views on YouTube and/or by having produced tracks for notable rappers.

Fl Studio’s popularity and ease of use:

In the 10 months this blog has been around, I have interviewed over 60 producers that span the hip hop world in terms of genre and location, and one of the things I have learned is that the overwhelming majority say that they use FL Studio. The following is just a quick example of just 3 of the notable producers that use FL Studio that I have personally interviewed;

  • Birdie Bands – 12.7 Million views on YouTube | prod. for Trill Sammy, Ski Mask, Wiz Khalifa and more.
  • TreOnTheBeat – 2.6 million views on YouTube | prod. for Tee Grizzley, Famous Dex, DDG, and more.
  • Godlikepariah – 3.2 million views on YouTube | prod. for Lil Yachty, Matt Ox, Comethazine and more.

Taken from the wikipedia page for Fl Studio here is an example of more producers that rep Fl Gang

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One of the reasons I think it has such an overwhelming popularity is because it seems to have the easiest learning curve compared to the other production software’s. This is something to keep in mind when wondering what production software to buy.  And if you buy FL Studio, you will have a lot of information available to you on how to use it because of the wealth of tutorials available on YouTube.

The amount of tutorials on YouTube for Fl Studio compared to the other DAW’s isn’t even a close race;

  • FL Studio – 1,900,000 results
  • Logic Pro – 1, 370,000 results
  • Ableton  – 1, 100,000 results

Speaking of tutorials, in the interview with TreOnTheBeat when asked “how long he’s been producing?” he replied

I’ve been producing for 4-5 years. After I seen Lex Luger’s “Secret Formula” video on YouTube in 2012, I immediately downloaded FL Studio and started using it. Shortly after that I sold my first exclusive beat on SoundCloud for $15.

All I am saying is, if you want to make beats. Get FL Studio today! and start watching tutorials!

Interview + 5 beats with Koncept P, the producer behind 6ix9ine’s “Kooda” and “Rondo”!

Like many others when I first saw the clips on instagram for 6ix9ine’s video/track Kooda I was immediately enamored.  The video looked like it was going to be a banger, 6ix9ine’s lyrics were turnt tf up, and the beat was just spectacular.

The video has now been up for 9 days and has gotten 14.8 Million views. I am probably to blame for at least 100 of those views.

Anyways, yesterday, I’m smoking and listening to Kooda and for the first time I thought to myself… “yooo I know who produced gummo, but who the F produced Kooda?” Well I did a little research and I found out that the producer of the track goes by the name Koncept P Beats.

I started looking into him and its crazy, you can still get non exclusive leases from this producer for only $25. Which is just cray.

I really find it a shame that not that much attention has been going towards Koncept P Beats. Besides a blurb or a mention in some articles and video descriptions, no one has discussed or talked to this dope ass producer. So I hit em up last night and he responded.

Interview + 5 Beats: 

Any major credits I should list besides kooda if any? 

No kooda is my first major placement, although Ive been an assistant recording engineer for people like Zoey Dollaz, Maxo Kream, Common, Robert Glasper, and Jeff Van Gundy.

How old are you? 

Im 22 years old.

Where are you from?  

Originally I was born in Caracas Venezuela but moved to Houston Texas at a young age.

How long have you been producing?

I started making beats when I was about 17, but it was mostly as a hobby, once I realized that I was improving and could make a career out of it I started to really get serious about it. I’ve been around music my whole life though; I started playing the drums at six years old and grew up with a musical family.

You know people are going to want to know, so can you tell me how did you connect with 6ix9ine? Maybe how much he paid for the beat?

6ix9ine actually reached out to me first after finding the beat on youtube. after talking to him and his manager a couple of times we then met up for the kooda music video. We then had studio sessions to finalize and edit the song. Thats pretty much what happened, alot of people ask me how it came to be or what i did in order to get that placement and my response is always, “I just make good music and he liked it. Thats It. No tricks or tips connected me to him. it was just the music”.
I dont want to give out too much information about what he paid me for the beat but just know that if you want exclusive rights from me your budget has to have four digits, otherwise you have to get an unlimited lease which is $100.

What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product?

Probably when I saw that “Kooda” was on the top charts of Itunes. That feeling was crazy, just the fact that millions of people are listening to my music is still surreal honestly. Either that or being in the studio with Common and Robert Glasper.

Who are your biggest influences? 

Honestly there are way too many dope producers out there to narrow it down to a couple. I am definitely influenced by my audio engineering professors and past band instructors though, I can’t deny that. They all helped shape who and what I am today.

Want to give any shoutouts?

Yeah I want to give a quick shout out to my family for always supporting me. Also want to give a shout out to all the producers out there working hard and investing in themselves. Heres a quick message from me: Stay patient. Patience in this game is the key. Make sure you get the credit you deserve too; we work too hard for people to overlook us.

What is something about you people would be surprised to know?

A couple of years ago I interned for Matthew Knowles (Beyoncé’s Dad), he had me doing a lot of handy man work until I worked my way up to working in the music management department for World Music Entertainment. I learned a lot about the music industry from him, he was a great mentor.

What do your beats normally cost?

My beat prices vary depending on what artists want to do with them. I have different prices for different leases on my site, but to get exclusive rights for a beat the artist would have to make me an offer for it.

What is the most you have made from one beat?

The most I had sold a beat for, before the 6ix9ine placement, was about eight hundred dollars but my prices have changed since then.

Who are the favorite artists you have produced for?

Probably would have to be 6ix9ine and Z Wells.

Hardware or software?

Software wise I use Maschine, Protools, and Logic 9. I use Maschine to make beats and the other two to mix and master.

Hardware wise I use the Maschine Mikro, Komplete 49 Keyboard, Mac Book Pro, Scarlett interface, and Rockit 6 Monitors.

How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career?

Honestly too many to tell, it would definitely be in the tripe digits though. I didn’t really start selling my beats online until like a year and a half ago so I was a little late to the Internet game.

What are your plans for 2018?

Aside from getting more placements, my main plan for 2018 is to just keep learning. I still have a lot of room to grow and develop my sound. This is just the beginning for me.

CuratedFlame Links:

Koncept P Beats links:

💰 Purchase | Free Download (Tagged): http://bsta.rs/f969d28 ➕ Subscribe: https://goo.gl/hJDhj9 🔌 Website: https://goo.gl/wW013s 📧 Email: koncept.p.beats@gmail.com

Interview + 4 beats with Hip Hop Producer Denogish Beatz

Denogish Beatz has only been producing for not even a year and he has already sold close to 200 beats and he is putting out some fire work. So I decided to hit him up and interview him right quick; check out the interview and some of his beats!

 

Any major credits I should list? None yet, still trying to put in the work and find my own lane
How old are you? I just turned 18 in April
Where are you from? Toronto, Ontario
Hardware or software? FL Studio 12 all day
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How long have you been producing?
I only started this year but i’ve always wanted to do this since the 8th grade
Whats one food you dont hate, but you could live without? Potato chips for sure
*Authors note: This is one of the best answers I have gotten to this question both online and in person… Lol noone ever says chips but if you think about it, yeah I could to.
If you weren’t producing, you would be ? Probably just running around in the streets to be honest..I’ve seen a lot of my friends get locked up and shit cause they’ve gone down that road so I just stuck to something I loved which is music.
do you get royalties from any of your beats? No
What is something about you people would be surprised to know? I go to college for Computer engineering technology
What do your beats normally cost? You can lease a beat for 20 – 35$, You can get exclusives for 50-200$ (Depending on the beat)
What is the most you have made from one beat? 300$
Who are the favorite artists you have produced for? I like most of the people that rap on my stuff, I dont really have one specific artist
How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career? Close to 200
What are your thoughts on a producers union? I think its a amazing idea, I hate the fact that producers are at the bottom of this music stuff, when in fact we create the entire vibe for a song and its not being credited for or we don’t receive any compensation and these rappers treat it as if its nothing
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? To see all the love I have been getting from people its crazy
I only started this year and the progress I’ve made I couldn’t even imagine it.
makes me excited for the future and all the possibility’s that can happen
Who are your biggest influences? Has to be Maaly Raw and Lil Uzi Vert, That duo always creates some unique stuff.
Want to give any shoutouts?
Shout out my broski Zenboi
hes out of Toronto too and im telling you his
music is fire, Listen to Zenboi 2017 bozzy freestyle on soundcloud
and tell me you dont like it, also shout out to the
Chat Niggas

 

Interview + 5 beats with Hip Hop Producer Sarcastic Sounds

I love Sarcastic’s beats, this guy simply kills it on the sample game and his beats just have an original sound. Check out some of his beats below and the interview we did recently.

Any major credits I should list?

Unfortunately not yet. Hopefully that changes soon. If anyone wants to send some major artists my way, I’d appreciate it.

What’s one food you don’t hate, but you could live without?

I know this is the opposite of what the question asked for, but I’m gonna take this opportunity to say fuck mayonnaise. I could live without cauliflower though, to answer the question.

If you weren’t producing, you would be? Probably focusing on school more. I can’t really imagine not producing though.

How old are you?

17

Where are you from?

Toronto, born and raised.

How long have you been producing?

About 4 and a half years. Although my first year of producing was on FL Studio mobile, which is pretty limiting, so all my shit sounded like elevator music. But it did teach me a lot about arrangement and composition, which was really helpful once I got the real version of FL Studio. I’m 100% certain that I was the best 13 year old FL Studio Mobile producer in the world at the time.

Hardware or software?

I produce entirely using software (FL Studio 11). The only piece of hardware I even own is a midi keyboard, which I don’t think I’ve ever used for a beat. I do all my shit using just a laptop. I don’t even have a mouse.

What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product?

The dopest thing is just seeing people enjoy my music. I’ve started getting a lot of comments and dm’s from people telling me how much they like my music, and asking me to release new tracks. Even though I’m still small time, it’s really cool to see people genuinely enjoy my music, after trying and failing so many times to get my music out there in the past. Also, I was selected to be in Battle Of The Beatmakers in Toronto last year, and I got to meet Boi-1da, T-Minus, and Wondagurl, who are all big inspirations for me. I was also by far the youngest person there, and I made it to the top 8. That was pretty dope too.

Who are your biggest influences?
Embarrassingly, Hopsin was my first big inspiration to start making beats. It makes me cringe now, but as a 12 year old kid, I was right in his target demographic. I tried to replicate his sound – which is basically just the FL Studio stock sounds – for my first year or two of producing. After that, my biggest inspirations were the early Roc-a-fella producers like Kanye, Just Blaze and Bink. I first tried sampling after hearing Through The Wire and December 4th, and that’s what really pointed me to my current sound, which is almost entirely sample based. More recently, smaller lofi artists like Eli Filosov and Moow have really gotten me into the more melancholy lofi shit, and those have been my most popular beats.

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do you get royalties from any of your beats?

Nah, i haven’t produced for anyone big enough to sell a noteworthy amount of singles.

What is something about you people would be surprised to know?

My name used to be Sarcastic Asshole. I changed it to Sarcastic Sounds when I sold my first beat, because I realised no one would take me seriously otherwise.

What do your beats normally cost?

I normally charge 15$ for a basic wav lease, and 25$ for the trackouts. Exclusives vary in price and availability depending on the beat.

What is the most you have made from one beat?

Not that much, because I don’t usually make my beats available for exclusive purchase. I was contacted by a big Korean rapper’s manager a little while ago asking me to send them a pack of unreleased beats, and they offered up to $2000 for beats they liked. They didn’t like any though haha. I basically had to make like 8 beats in a week, because I release all my good shit on the internet, and I guess I rushed it.

Who are the favorite artists you have produced for?

I haven’t produced for too many great artists, but I have a song with a dude named Klovd who I’ve worked with, and it bangs. It’s super different from my other shit though, but it got like 10k plays which is kinda cool. I also have a dope song with a guy named Cedar, and it did similar numbers to the Klovd song. I did three songs on his album that’s coming out too.

How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career?

Probably like 100, I’m not exactly sure. Way less than most of the people you interview I assume.

Want to give any shoutouts?

Nah

Links:

CuratedFlame:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW_jw5eyN_fpmWsFF9QeuJQ

twitter.com/curatedflame
https://www.instagram.com/curatedflame/

 

Sarcastic Sounds:

  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9TbofeaQx-clajRCYB0kHQ
  • https://www.instagram.com/sarcastic.sounds/
  • twitter.com/Sarcastic6ix
  • https://m.soundcloud.com/the-sarcastic-ashole

 

 

 

Interview with Tunisian Hip Hop Producer GoostBeats

How old are you? 
27 years old
Where are you from?
 from TUNISIA
How long have you been producing?
i making beats for 9 years ,I started when i was 13 years old
Hardware or software?
for the software i use  FL StudioReason 6, Logic Pro X
for the hard ware i use MPC  renaissance and Akai MPD218 and M-Audio Keystation 61
How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career?
I produced more than a 1600 melodies I think i sold the majority between 500 and 600 instrumentals
What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product?
I was appreciated by everyone I’m really happy and proud
Who are your biggest influences? 
50 cent ;; dr dre ;; drake ;;future ;; kaaris  My favorite and biggest influences
Want to give any shoutouts?
of course to  retnik beats and beatz era and  to my love BOUTHAINA BAYACHATTI
What is something about you people would be surprised to know?
I did not study music , learn it by myself
What do your beats normally cost?
BASIC (MP3) lease for 30$
PRO (WAV) lease for 50$
Tracks out for 150 $
EXLUSIVE RIGHTS for 250 $
Who are the favorite artists you have produced for?
For Many artists and Rappers from all over the world but the favorite artist is BALTI from tunisia
CuratedFlame Links:
www.twitter.com/curatedflame
https://www.instagram.com/curatedflame/
Make sure to follow our Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/user/curatedflame/playlist/58Z9VVhiZSZI1yvYYcYU1t
GoostBeatsLinks:
 ▶FACEBOOK : https://goo.gl/GRi7RU ▶TWITTER : https://goo.gl/NDvXqm
▶SOUNDCLOUD : https://goo.gl/iUYQ8m ▶INSTAGRAM : https://goo.gl/7BP1l2

“I started making beats on my grandma’s computer”: Interview with JI Beats

Any credits I should list? Ugly God, Yung Simmie, Black Smurf, etc.

How old are you? 17

Where are you from?  San Jose, CA. I lived in Gilroy when I was 6 then moved back to the Bay Area when I was 12

How long have you been producing? 3 Years but I didn’t get serious about it until last year

Hardware or software?FL Studio 12 ASUS laptop

How many leases or beats, do you think you have sold in your career? Well Over 100

 Who are your biggest influences? mjNichols, Taz Taylor, GhostRage, The Alchemist

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Want to give any shoutouts? Lil Lonely, Gwap Gang, GodLike1029, AG Beats, LXRD UNKXWN, Da Chief, Retro KO, OldSchoolGoon, Acea Chronic, Lonely Gang, Noah Travail, ABRXGG, PAINEFUL, HotWheels, Vessels, JI Gang

 What is something about you people would be surprised to know? I started making beats on my grandmas computer, I barely got my laptop 3 months ago. I’m kind of shy but if you get to know my I’m pretty cool. I been skating since I was 7. I always play Xbox so add me yall – GT: Truee Masterr

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What do your beats normally cost? $20-30 For A Lease, $50-100 For Exclusive

What is the most you have made from one beat? $100

Who are the favorite artists you have produced for? Gwap Lvrd D, Black Smurf, & Acea Chronic

What’s the dopest thing to happen to you since you started making music and releasing product? Getting my own set up in my room. Hitting 1,000 Subscribers & 250,000 views

Social Medias:

• Twitter: https://twitter.com/joseph_b__

• Souncloud: https://soundcloud.com/zeldafan3

• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jibeats

• Snapchat: ZeldaFan3

Bonus:

“Rappers & Labels flying me out for free”: Interview + 5 beats with Hip Hop Producer Birdie Bands

Credits: Wiz Khalifa, Trill Sammy, Ski Mask The Slump God, Yuri Joness etc.

Quick Stats: 48, 372 subscribers / 10, 830, 456 views

Age? 22 years old
Where are you from? Toronto
How long you been producing? 3 years
Dopest thing to happen to you since you started releasing? dopest thing producing has done for me is rappers and labels flying me out for free to Los Angeles and New York to work in the studio with them.
Your biggest influences?  My biggest influence I don’t really have one (Producer Wise) but I kinda have a old soul even though I make today’s type of beats. I like Pharrell and 9th Wonder.
 What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I like and listen to 90s hip hop more than today’s hip-hop. My top songs I play on my phone is majority of 90s music, old school beats and Max B. That’s one surprising thing people may find.
How much do your beats cost? Exclusives run from $350-$600
What’s the most you made from one beat? $1200 is the most I’ve made selling one beat exclusively. But I’ve made $2300 from one beat cause people kept leasing it.
Whose your favorite artist to have produced for? Yuri Joness is my favourite artist I’ve produced for. He’s like my Bro, we have a good connection.
What kind of hardware or software?
FL Studio 12 is the software I use. I just recently started using it. I used FL Studio 11 for the longest but switched and upgraded to 12.
How many beats have you sold? I’ve sold over 2k beats for sure. I don’t know exactly how much though. I’m throwing a random guess.

Any shoutouts?

Shoutout to my fans and the subscriber who’ve been loyal to me !

Links:

● Twitter : http://Twitter.com/BirdieBands

● Instagram : http://Instagram.com/BirdieBands

● SoundCloud : http://SoundCloud.com/BirdieBands

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